n 1: a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous
phenomenon; "the magnetic effect was greater when the
rod was lengthwise"; "his decision had depressing
consequences for business"; "he acted very wise after
the event" [syn: consequence
2: an outward appearance; "he made a good impression"; "I
wanted to create an impression of success"; "she retained
that bold effect in her reproductions of the original
painting" [syn: impression
3: (of a law) having legal validity; "the law is still in
effect" [syn: force
4: a symptom caused by an illness or a drug; "the effects of
sleep loss"; "the effect of the anesthetic"
5: an impression (especially one that is artificial or
contrived); "he just did it for effect"
6: the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
v 1: cause to happen or occur; "The scientists set up a
shockwave" [syn: effectuate
, bring about
, set up
2: act so as to bring about; "effect a change"